This is something I've been wondering about for a while now. There are a lot of negative aspects of today's televised news, such as selective reporting, frequent bias, sensationalism, immature handling of serious or tragic events, and generally formatting the news to maximise entertainment value. On the other hand, most people are too lazy, or apathetic, to learn about current events any other way, so you could argue that the entertainment aspects of TV news are responsible for keeping many more people informed than would otherwise be possible. And there are some who believe that bias can be addressed by watching a balance of liberal-leaning and conservative-leaning programs (i.e Fox News vs. MSNBC - I don't know what the equivalent would be in other countries). So, is there hope for TV news? Or is it simply a tool for spreading bias and ignorance about important world issues? Would the world be a better place if, say, only text-based news were available? Even more broadly, is it better to have more news-ignorant people in the world, or more 'pseudo-informed' people who rely on TV for their education on current events? I'd be interested also to hear how people typically get their news, and whether they consider their sources adequate or not. As for me, most of my news comes from Wikipedia's front page - not very comprehensive, I must admit, but probably pretty neutral. Every now and then, I see the news on TV - though usually when I'm with friends or family, since I don't have a TV at my apartment. Occasionally I miss a prominent national issue, but word of mouth via friends usually makes up for this.